Premier League

  • R. Pereyra 57’
  • 40’ A. Sánchez
  • 45’ M. Özil
0 Half Time 3
28/08/2016
Premier League
Vicarage Road
Attendance 20,545

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME! Arsenal win their first Premier League game of the new season, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Watford. Goals from Cazorla, Alexis and Ozil were enough for the visitors, despite the hosts making a second-half resurgence which provided a debut goal for Pereyra. That's all that we have time for,
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME! Arsenal head into the break with a 3-0 lead, courtesy of goals from Cazorla, Alexis and Ozil. While the first goal was controversial, Wenger's men have cruised their way to a very convincing lead indeed.
    • 0'
      Arsenal substitutes: Gibbs, Wilshere, Giroud, Ospina, Chambers, Coquelin, Elneny.
    • 0'
      Arsenal starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Walcott, Ozil, Oxalde-Chamberlain; Alexis.
    • 0'
      Watford substitutes: Janmaat, Success, Zuniga, Sinclair, Watson, Pantilimon, Pereyra.
    • 0'
      Watford starting line-up (3-5-2): Gomes; Kabasele, Kaboul, Prodl; Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue, Guedioura, Holebas; Ighalo, Deeney.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS: Alexis Sanchez once again leads the line for the away side, with Mesut Ozil coming into the hole behind the Chile international. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues out wide in Alex Iwobi's absence, with Santi Cazorla chosen to anchor the midfield with Granit Xhaka. Rob Holding is named at
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS: Walter Mazzarri opts for a 3-5-2 formation once again, with Nordin Amrabat and Jose Holebas used as wing-backs. There are no surprises in the middle of the park, with new signings Roberto Pereyra and Daryl Janmaat taking a seat on the bench. Younes Kabul starts in the back three alongsid
    • 0'
      The Hornets have a certain Etienne Capoue in good goalscoring form, with the ex-Spurs midfielder netting two goals in two Premier League games, while Arsenal are still without Olivier Giroud up top. Gradually, however, the visitors are working their way back to full strength after some injury proble
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage of Arsenal's visit to Watford in the Premier League, as the Gunners look for their first victory of the season. Arsene Wenger's men have picked up one point from Leicester and lost to Liverpool, while the hosts suffered a cruel late defeat against Chelsea last time
    • 1'
      We are underway in the first half at Vicarage Road! Watford will be hoping that it is third time lucky, as they search for a first win of the campaign, but Arsenal are similarly hoping to taste victory at last after a disappointing start to the season.
    • 3'
      Guedioura looks to whip a ball in from the right-hand side, but Cech claims easily, before the visitors break upfield. Arsenal win themselves a free-kick in a dangerous position, but Cazorla's delivery is nodded to safety by Ighalo.
    • 5'
      Arsenal retain possession in the early stages, with Wenger's men looking to stretch play and pose the home side some questions - but it is proving tough to do given Watford's five-man back four when off the ball. Plenty of recycled passes at the moment.
    • 6'
      Alexis tries to feed a low cross in towards the near post, with Ozil making a dangerous run. The Germany international is caught narrowly offside, however. Arsenal have their tails up at the start, with Watford sitting back and feeling the game out at the moment.
    • 8'
      Alexis is the target of a ball down the left-hand side, but Kaboul covers across smartly to deny the Chile international. Ozil tries to curl a delivery into the box moments later, which looks for Alexis again, but Amrabat covers across to deny the ex-Barcelona man - who appears to take a knock to th
    • 9'
      GOOOOOOOOAL! CAZORLA GIVES ARSENAL THE LEAD! The Spain international makes no mistake and finds the back of the net to gift the visitors a controversial first goal of the afternoon.
    • 9'
      THE REFEREE POINTS TO THE SPOT! It didn't appear to be given, with treatment being given to Alexis, who was nursing a head injury, but suddenly a penalty is being set up. Strange!
    • 11'
      Watford are struggling to break out of their own half at the moment, with Ighalo breaking free but then running his way down a cul-de-sac. Wenger will be pleased with this start, as the Gunners have taken the lead without even really leaving second gear.
    • 13'
      Ighalo is the target of another cross in from the right, but Cech is summoned once again to make a simple catch. Arsenal respond with a break down the left, with Monreal overlapping, but the Spaniard's delivery from the byline is gathered by Gomes.
    • 15'
      Arsenal have struggled to create too much since taking the lead, with Alexis looking quite isolated against three centre-backs. Holebas tries to drive down the left-hand side and hurdles a challenge from Bellerin, but the referee pulls play back due to the belief that the ball had gone out of play p
    • 17'
      Prodl is penalised for a late, lunging slide tackle on Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the Austrian flying through the back of his man. That sees the Watford defender pick up an early booking. The resulting free-kick from Cazorla is headed clear by Kabasele.
    • 19'
      Ozil finds Alexis in the penalty area, before the Chilean feeds a pass back into his team-mate, but the German midfielder sees a shot charged down with ease. Watford are strugglnig to shut up shop early on, even though they have plenty of numbers behind the ball.
    • 21'
      Koscielny steps out to make a headed interception to deny Deeney, as Mazzarri's men struggle to try a foothold in this game - the ball just isn't sticking up top. The tempo has slowed a little, as Watford try to be more ponderous in their build-up play.
    • 23'
      Cazorla spreads play out to the right-hand side, but a cross from Bellerin is nodded behind for a corner by Prodl. Arsenal take the corner, but it is cleared by the first man, before a second ball from Oxlade-Chamberlain lets Koscielny see a shot blocked.
    • 25'
      Walcott goes close! Cazorla curls a cross towards the back post, with the ex-Southampton wide man stabbing a low shot goalwards, but Gomes makes a good save. Watford counter, with Guedioura able to shoot from 25 yards out, but Koscielny makes a block.
    • 27'
      Cech makes a smart stop! The former Czech Republic international stays alert despite not having much to do, before seeing a low shot from Deeney head wide moments later. The original stop was important, given that a cross deflected cruelly off his own defender.
    • 29'
      Amrabat tries to break down the right-hand side, but Monreal tracks back brilliantly to make a well-timed sliding challenge. Watford are struggling to test Cech, with Mazzarri's system not giving his side much of a wide threat.
    • 31'
      Guedioura and Behrami are denied the chance to shoot on the edge of the penalty area, after yet another Watford attack ran out of momentum at an inopportune moment. The hosts are looking brighter at last, but Deeney and Ighalo still are showing no signs of the form of last season.
    • 33'
      Watford manage to win themselves an advanced throw-in, which is launched into the box by Holebas, with Holding forced to concede a corner. The set-piece is swung in towards the near post, but Kabasele can only steer a header well wide of the far upright.
    • 35'
      Only 10 minutes remain in the first half, with Arsenal pressing for a second goal all of a sudden. Alexis is fed down the left-hand side and breaks to the byline, before seeing a near-post shot saved well by Gomes.
    • 37'
      Amrabat breaks down the right-hand side, before shaking off Monreal and getting into the box, but the ex-Malaga man is penalised for tugging on the Spaniard's shirt. Moments later, Ighalo is fed in behind, but Cech is quick off his line to gather up the loose ball.
    • 39'
      Not long remains in the first half, with Arsenal continuing to look quite comfortable defensively, with Amrabat being Watford's only dangerous outlet. The Morocco international keeps running down dead ends, however.
    • 40'
      G A. Sánchez Assist T. Walcott
    • 40'
      Walcott slips while floating a cross in from the right flank, with his delivery eventually finding the boot of Alexis.
    • 40'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAL! ALEXIS MAKES IT 2-0! The Chile international manages to squeeze a finish over the line, with the aid of the goal-line technology system. A looping, improvised finish was enough to beat Gomes and double Arsenal's advatnage from a deadly counter-attack.
    • 42'
      Oxlade-Chamberlain breaks down the left-hand side at pace, but the former Saints midfielder takes a heavy touch at a vital moment and concedes a goal-kick. Only a few minutes remain in the first half, with Alexis signalling for his teammates to calm things down.
    • 44'
      Ighalo and Deeney finally manage to work the ball well between themselves, before a pass from the latter is not anticipated well by Amrabat. Bellerin drives down the right and lifts a cross into the box, but Kaboul heads clear, as Arsenal look to wrap up the points.
    • 45'
      Good save from Gomes! Walcott is released down the right-hand side by a great pass, before attempting to squeeze home a finish from a very tight angle. The Watford goalkeeper sprawls low to his right to make a vital stop.
    • 46'
      SI R. Pereyra SO T. Walcott
    • 46'
      Pereyra comes into the game to replace Guedioura, making his Watford debut in the process.
    • 46'
      We are back underway in the second half at Vicarage Road! Arsenal lead 3-0 and Mazzarri's men need to pose one of the league's great comebacks if they are to take three points from this contest now.
    • 48'
      Watford try and start the second half in positive fashion, but the hosts give away a tight offside decision. Arsenal counter, with Walcott drilling a low cross towards the back post, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is unable to steer home a finish from close range.
    • 50'
      The home side desperately need a goal soon, if they are to turn things around in the second half. Ighalo is the target of a direct long ball, but Holding rises highest to head clear. Daryl Janmaat is getting his final instructions on the bench, as the Dutchman readies himself for his debut.
    • 52'
      SI D. Janmaat SO T. Walcott
    • 52'
      Kabasele takes his leave, with Janmaat introduced. Watford will change to a back four, with Amrabat pushed into midfield.
    • 52'
      Ozil tries to slide a neat through ball into the path of Alexis, but Kaboul steps out to make an interception. It appears that Janmaat's introduction might mean a change in system.
    • 54'
      Arsenal break their way down the right-hand side yet again, but a low cross fizzes across the danger zone without anyone able to get a goalscoring touch on Walcott's delivery. Alexis was close, with Oxlade-Chamberlain unable to steal in at the back post too.
    • 56'
      Capoue lines up a shot from 25 yards out, but a powerful left-footed shot is saved easily by Cech. Moments later, the ex-Chelsea goalkeeper is able to catch a looping cross. The Arsenal shot-stopper has had a very comfortable day so far.
    • 57'
      G R. Pereyra Assist T. Walcott
    • 57'
      GOOOOOOOAL! PEREYRA MAKES IT 3-1! After a goal-bound shot was well-blocked, the Juventus midfielder is well-placed to scramble a reaction finish into the bottom-left corner. Game on!
    • 60'
      Deeney gets himself a yellow card, after a boisterous challenge on Monreal, where the Englishman raised his foot a little bit too high.
    • 62'
      Less than half an hour remains at Vicarage Road, with Mazzarri looking to try and mastermind a come-back. The ex-Napoli coach gets a talking to from the referee, with the match official hearing something that he didn't like.
    • 63'
      Walcott goes close! With Gomes way off his line, the England international tries to lift a cheeky finish over the Brazilian goalkeeper, but he sends the ball looping terribly over the crossbar.
    • 65'
      Amrabat spins off Monreal and drives down the right-hand side, but the former Malaga winger's eventual cross is too high and enables Cech to claim with ease. Watford are pushing on with less than half an hour to play.
    • 67'
      Monreal gives away a free-kick in a dangerous area, with Capoue standing over it. The Frenchman whips in a delivery, but the ball is cleared by the first man. Bellerin leads a counter-attack and feeds Oxlade-Chamberlain into the clear, but the Englishman chips a long-range finish over the crossbar.
    • 69'
      Janmaat lifts a cross in from the right, but Koscielny heads half clear. Pereyra picks up the rebound and forces Cech into a save with a powerful strike, before Ighalo follows up and shoots straight at the Arsenal shot-stopper.
    • 70'
      SI J. Wilshere SO T. Walcott
    • 70'
      SI Mohamed Elneny SO T. Walcott
    • 70'
      Ozil jogs off, after a 70-minute work out, with Wilshere taking his place.
    • 70'
      Elneny replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain, as Wenger looks to shut up shop a little bit.
    • 72'
      Monreal is forced to head a dangerous cross clear, as Watford continue to push on and search for another goal. Alexis is nearly released in behind on the counter-attack, but Gomes races out to lash a rushed clearance away from goal.
    • 74'
      SI K. Gibbs SO T. Walcott
    • 74'
      Gibbs comes on to replace Monreal, who is taken off as a resut of his injury concern.
    • 74'
      Cech watches another shot go narrowly over his crossbar, this time from Ighalo, before Monreal gets some quick treatment - which the hosts think is Arsenal's way of slowing their current momentum.
    • 76'
      Pereyra has really brightened up this game since coming on, with the Argentine midfielder showing some neat footwork regularly. Moments later, Behrami is brought down cynically by Alexis, with the Chile international given his final warning by the referee, much to the ex-Hamburg midfielder's annoyan
    • 77'
      SI I. Success SO T. Walcott
    • 77'
      Success has narrowly over 10 minutes to make an impact, with the ex-Granada youngster deployed out on the left flank.
    • 77'
      Amrabat now picks up a yellow card, despite having already left the field of play due to being substituted, much to the the Moroccan's disbelief.
    • 79'
      Watford break down the left-hand side, but a cross from the byline is turned behind by Holding for a corner. Capoue delivers the set-piece, but a header from Success is caught easily by Cech.
    • 80'
      Ighalo cuts in from the right flank, before trying his luck with a long-range strike, but Cech is more than equal to the Nigerian's shot. Arsenal try to counter through Bellerin, but Success tracks back to clear the danger behind for a corner. Cazorla delivers, but Kaboul heads away.
    • 82'
      Success drives down the left, before angling a dangerous cross into the box, but the ex-Granada man's delivery fails to find a yellow shirt. Moments later, Capoue finds Ighalo in the box, before a flick-on from the Nigerian is lashed wide of the post by Behrami.
    • 83'
      The referee brandishes a yellow card at Behrami, who throws himself into a cynical tackle on Walcott after giving away possession himself.
    • 85'
      Alexis is released down the left by Xhaka, before the visitors work possession backwards and then lose out in the midfield third. Mazzarri is brooding on his bench, with Watford only five minutes away from a disappointing defeat.
    • 87'
      Wenger is nervously pacing around his technical area, as Arsenal edge their way towards their first Premier League win of the season. The away side retain possession and stroke the ball around in an attempt to slow things down.
    • 89'
      Arsenal break down the right, with Bellerin able to pick up a free-kick from Holebas, as the Greek international gets a booking for diving in on the Spanish right-back.
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      Watford appear to have lost their belief, with Pereyra continuing to be the only real threat from the hosts since Amrabat was substituted. Capoue wins the Hornets a free-kick in a dangerous area, but a cross in from the left bounces out for a goal-kick, despite Watford claiming for a handball from K
    • HALF TIME
    • 45'
      Yellow card Odion Jude Ighalo
    • 90'
      Wilshere gets a yellow card for a cynical tackle on Capoue, which halted a Watford counter-attack in its tracks.
    • 45'
      G M. Özil Assist T. Walcott
    • 45'
      Alexis cuts back onto his right foot, before curling an inviting cross into the area.
    • 45'
      GOOOOOOOAL! OZIL MAKES IT 3-0! The Germany international is able to guide home a neat finish from eight yards out, after a curling cross from the left-hand side from Alexis. That could be goodnight for the Hornets already.
    • 90'
      We're into the first of five minutes of stoppage time.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    egypt
    Mohamed Elneny
    4
    70'Substituted

    SUBSTITUTES

    Defender
    spain
    Nacho Monreal
    18
    Captain
    74'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Javier Gracia
    spain
    Unai Emery

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 17 14
    Yellow Cards 6 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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